Google is a fact of life now, as you are reading this blog which is hosted by Google you are using it at the moment.
Anyone who has had problems with some aspect of Google will know how difficult they are to contact and how difficult it is to get any problem sorted out.
On the day Margaret Thatcher died, I wanted to make some sort of response, love her or loath her, her passing is a milestone in our history, I didn’t think sending flowers would be appropriate, but wanted to do something that I thought she would appreciate,
This Margaret Thatcher at the Pearly Gates cartoon seemed to fit the bill, I guessed she would be familiar with the Rubens of St Peter commissioned by the duke of Lerma and that perhaps there were aspects of the cartoon that not everyone would follow.
Anyhow I figured that if she was looking. What? Up, down, across on the day of her death it would probably amuse her. The blog post with the cartoon in it has been far and away the most popular one recently, because the picture of the cartoon keeps appearing near the top of Google’s image search, but for some reason it then vanishes. This means things switch from hundreds of people looking at it to no one much.
Direct criticism of the cartoon from family and artist friends has been pretty odd; ranging from: “I recognise Margaret Thatcher, but who is other bloke?” to “Obviously I understand it, but I don’t think many other people would.” As far as this sort of thing goes; pretty good.
Anyway among the various cartoons that have come out since she died, I thought it was one of the best, so I was a bit disappointed that it keeps vanishing off of Google image search. As far as Google goes, I wouldn’t even know how to contact them to ask them why it keeps vanishing, if is it that I tagged it wrongly then I don’t know what it was I did wrong.
On to the Google Chrome browser, I had a problem with my laptop (windows 7) saying it didn’t want to shut down because I had programs running, as I had closed all the programs I was a bit mystified by this and then I discovered that it was AdBlock which isn’t really a program but an add on app for Chrome.
If you get this problem you may be surprised to know that Chrome’s default setting is; “Continue running background apps when Google Chrome is closed” you can turn this off by going to, settings, show advanced settings and unchecking the box next to “Continue running background apps when Google Chrome is closed”
I am too embarrassed to describe some of the other things I tried before discovering this.
On to the business of hostile comment, I have had several conversations with other bloggers in the last few days about hostile blog comments and frankly several are reaching the point where it is becoming difficult to continue blogging.
A major new problem is that there is now a lot of hostile and spam comment aimed at individual blogs or groups of blogs. This usually takes the form of copying either longer and complex previous comments or related subject matter from the web and posting it as a comment. Some of these comments are then modified by the spammer or hostile commenter and some are not.
In my case these either take the form of local history copied from other Kent history sites or previous comments that were complex.
Some of the Kent village's history forums seem to have large parts of them now taken over by porn spammers, so even quite innocent looking links can lead to something nasty.
I am now treating all bizarre off context comment from anonymous sources as hostile and spamming it.
Another aspect of this is the impersonation of frequent bog commentators, so all comments claiming to come from bloggers who comment as signed on bloggers, that are left as not signed on I am treating as hostile, so if you have a google or blogger account please be sure to use it.
I am still trying to understand the forthcoming KCC elections using the internet, when it came to confusing this lot from the Gazette’s website probably took the can http://www.thisiskent.co.uk/Thanet-UKIP-candidates-standing-Kent-County/story-18686306-detail/story.html#axzz2QNEPyZV5 until I realised the paper had mad some sort of ITC error